Braves quotes after Monday win over Marlins

**DAN UGGLA

On beating out infield hit to keep streak alive, just as rewarding?

“Oh, yeah, dude. Every hit counts. I’ll take the infield ones with the doubles in the gaps. Hitting ain’t easy.”

On the timing of that hit being particularly important

“Yeah, we needed a runner on. I was able to get down the line quick enough to be called safe. That was a big point in the game right there.”

On streak tied for second-longest in Atlanta history, one shy of longest in majors this season

“Yeah? Nice. Like I said, I’m going to continue to have fun and continue to get my work in and continue to try to do everything I can to help this team win. We’re getting back on track as a team, I feel like. Just keep it going.”

On Alex Gonzalez, two homers in two days

“Honestly, nobody even cares what he does with the bat. Anything he does with the bat is a bonus. And I think people don’t give him his much credit as he deserves for his offensive abilities, because he’s a good hitter as well. He’s so good defensively, and everybody knows it. But he can really swing the bat, and swing it for power and hit the gaps.”

***FREDI GONZALEZ

On Alex Gonzalez 3-run homer

“You make a mistake with him, he can run you out of the ballpark.”

On Uggla’s infield hit

“He beat it out, nicely done. When you get into those high numbers on hitting streaks, you’ve got to be lucky sometimes, hit a dribbler or a jam shot that falls. He seems to be doing it.”

On Uggla’s streak

“You pull for all your players the same. But what he went through in April and May, and how he kept a level head and came in every day and answered all the questions, it’s nice for him to be able to do what he signed up for. You’ve got to give him all the credit in the world. There’d be a lot of guys moping around in April and May. He was the same guy. You guys saw that.”

On Proctor’s poor ninth inning

“You want to get through the situation where you don’t want to use your closer, want to try to give those guys a breather, and it just didn’t happen.”

On getting ejected

“You can’t argue balls and strikes. I deserve what I got.”

***DEREK LOWE

On his performance

“Started a little slow. The call of the night was clearly the sinker in to Gaby Sanchez in the first inning. To be able to get a big double play there, it gives you confidence, it really does. Especially the way I’ve been pitching. I’ve never been a ‘here we go again’ type guy. But you give up early runs in this game and who knows what happens? So that was a key to the whole game, to say, OK, we got out of that one.

“Believe it or not, it gave me confidence in the third inning when we’re in the exact same situation and the inning didn’t spiral out of control. Walk there doesn’t kill you, 4-nothing turns into 4-1. I’ll take it. It was a game where the runs definitely helped.”

On Uggla

“If you look at a lot of his hits throughout this streak — he’s been hustling like this all year long, but to get those hustle hits is very impressive. I said from Day 1 that I think everyone in here has so much respect for him because he never made excuses and never wanted out of the lineup. Having played this game, there’s a lot of people who’d struggle as much as he did early and start saying, ‘Hey, can you get my back,’ or, ‘I need a day.’ He wanted to be out there every single day.

“I actually looked to him for motivation, because I’m in the same spot myself, struggling. He never hung his head and kept grinding, finding a way. I’m trying to do the same thing myself.”

On Alex Gonzalez’ recent offensive contributions, including 3-run homer tonight

“You ask any pitcher in here, we don’t care if he hits .100, because of the runs that he saves us. Huge home run at that point, and I was very appreciative.”

“Sometimes you’re trying to pitch a good game, trying to get the results you expect to have. That’s why those runs were so important for me. I could finally say, OK, you don’t have to worry about giving up runs, you can go out there and pitch. And any time you start getting outs, you start gaining confidence. That’s what this game’s about.

“This is a game where you can kind of go out there and pitch the way you’re supposed to pitch.”

***FREDDIE FREEMAN

On getting lead for Lowe

“It’s always nice to get out to an early lead. First inning was a long one for D-Lowe, and then he settled down afterward. We got him a couple of runs early and he settled down.”

On Alex Gonzalez

“Couple of homers in back-to-back games. It’s fun when he starts to hit. A 2-2 changeup, he left it up and Alex was able to capitalize on it. Big three-run homer.”

On Lowe’s first inning

“To be able to get out of that bases-loaded [situation] with a double play was huge. We came back and got some runs for him and he just started settling down more and more. After a while it felt like it was just cruise control for him tonight.”

On ejection (Freeman tells story while smiling, good-naturedly, didn’t seem perturbed)

“It happened so fast. I watched the replay and I did go [swing]. I went on it. The only thing I asked him was to check [with the base umpire]. That’s all I did.

“I watched the replay, and as I was walking, I didn’t throw my helmet down, I just tossed it to the dugout. He warned me after that. I’m not even left-handed, I’m right-handed, and I just kind of tossed my bat with my left hand and he threw me out. I couldn’t believe it. I’ve seen a lot worse. But just one of those nights, he tossed me out.

“Couldn’t believe it. That was pretty incredible. I didn’t say anything. There was no reason I should have been thrown out of this game. All I asked was, why? All he said was, ‘You know what you got thrown out.’ At the time, I didn’t.” (laughs)

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190 comments Add your comment

Linebrink for Cy

August 8th, 2011
11:25 pm

John Kruk was absolutely upset with the ump for tossing F5, he didn’t think the helmet/bat toss was as big a deal as the ump apparently thought it was

dfaproctor

August 8th, 2011
11:25 pm

can proctor please be designated for assignment. i have seen 12 year old kids in the little leagues that could be more productive for the Braves. Why does Fredi continue to put him in games?

NickB

August 8th, 2011
11:27 pm

Wendelstat is a jerk….. I really wish that MLB would do annual reports on their umps, rank them, then send the worst back to AAA and bring up the better umps from there… I would also like to see umps fined for instigating problems.

Kimbrel rocks

August 8th, 2011
11:27 pm

freeman rocks

A brain cell

August 8th, 2011
11:32 pm

Quote of the game:

“Bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz”

-Goodyear blimp

NickB

August 8th, 2011
11:33 pm

as i said on another blog. That’s exactly when to put Proctor in a game , with a 5 run lead. Ciz if he screws up, he won’t cost a win.

I think that he’s probably soon to get DFA’d. Vizcaino and Asencio have been doing pretty well in the minors.

NickB

August 8th, 2011
11:33 pm

Yeah it is sad when a team can’t draw a big enough crowd to drown out the blimp noise!

Chris from the Rock

August 8th, 2011
11:34 pm

Proctor. Must. Go. Now.

Fily

August 8th, 2011
11:35 pm

Proctor should never throw again. Gotta love Uggla beating out the infield single to keep the streak alive. And a legitimate start from D-Lowe was nice to see. Hopefully Gonzo can keep hitting and it looks like JHey will not be seeing much more PT with Constanza tearing it up

ijudgenot

August 8th, 2011
11:35 pm

Watching Proctor in the 9th inning was painfull. You almost felt sympathy for the guy. He knows he does not have anything anymore and should not be on this team. The Braves I guess will hide him until the September call up then quitly let him go after the season is over.

chuck

August 8th, 2011
11:38 pm

dfaproctor

August 8th, 2011
11:39 pm

It will be a day of celebration when proctor is gone. he has caused unnecessary pain to every Braves fan. Fredi should know that every single major league player, even the pitchers, can hit a 92 mph fastball with no movement on it.

Kimbrel rocks

August 8th, 2011
11:42 pm

i agree with Uggla’s quote when he said he could feel the team changing. they came out with total focus tonight. constanza and bourn have made this team such a different team. still need heyward though. BUT at least constanza is prving his worth.

MLB network did a spot on Bourn and Constanza’s impact on the Braves today. was pretty cool to see them so struck with the braves new speed game. love it!

PMC

August 8th, 2011
11:44 pm

Baseball Umpires = Steve Williams.

No one pays to see them, yet they do all they can to get noticed.

Posting "first" is idiotic

August 8th, 2011
11:50 pm

I agree with PMC, its a problem that has been pointed out literally thousands of times and the old men that run this game don’t have the spine or the foresight to fix it.

Art Vandelay

August 8th, 2011
11:51 pm

Hahah the blimp quote was funny.

Joseph

August 8th, 2011
11:59 pm

That blimp was freaking annoying. I had to mute the tv this time not because of Skip. Dang did I just say “not because of Skip”?

But come on guys, yes Proctor is the weakest link in the bullpen, and 90% of the comments here are complaints about a dang win? Nick is right, Put Proctor in with a 4+run lead and then yank him if he messes up. He messed up they ranked him and won the dang game. Would you complainers rather have EOF or Venters pitch unnecessarily? It is too bad that Kimbrel couldn’t get the day off, but 2 out of 3 getting the night off isn’t a bad thing. THEY WON THE GAME. Uggla also extended a HUGE hitting streak. Gonzo is coming on with the bat. Constanza has 8 game hitting streak. Nope no positivity just complaints about Proctor being used at the right time.

Let's send uggla to AAA

August 9th, 2011
12:03 am

Art vandelay! Haha that’s great! I hope they show some funny George constanza moments when tr braves get back home!

dfaproctor

August 9th, 2011
12:03 am

i am ecstatic about uggla and every win, and gonzo producing. I just want the best players to be in the game and on the braves team in general. i dont want a player that puts the team in jeopardy of losing a game, no matter how big of a lead they have. The braves have players in their system that would be more beneficial to the bullpen for now and the rest of the season, and i truly believe that if proctor stays on the team, the braves will suffer because of it.

Largo

August 9th, 2011
12:09 am

It appears the offense is beginning to click. Good for them. That should help the pitching with a few more runs per game. Way to go, guys.

Joseph

August 9th, 2011
12:10 am

Dfaproctor, I agree with you that Proctor is the weakest link. Moylan hopefully will be back before 9/1 and available for the post-season. But to count on the kids in AAA, I am sorry, Viz was moved to the pen because they wanted to closely manage his IP. Teheran, I am not sure how many innings they feel comfortable letting him go. Would love to find out though. Proctor is used merely as a mop-up guy right now. Plus remember Linebrink is on the DL. By the way, are there any reports on how is back is doing? I haven’t heard a thing. So that is 2 pitchers coming that will further limit Proctor’s usage. Just to put it into perspective…..Since the endless Pirates game where he pitched 3 scoreless innings…….he has given up 3 ER in 7.1 IP That is a 3.80ERA. Not great, and to be honest nor is it terrible. Don’t get me wrong, he is the weakest reliever we have, but is still serviceable on proper usage like tonight.

J-Man

August 9th, 2011
12:12 am

Its time to release Proctor, we have other more worthy pitchers in the Minors. If you can’t get the job done then give that OPPRUNITY to someone else………….Proctor is no better than Tom Glavine or John Smoltz, they couldn’t cut the mustard any more and younger pitchers took their spots, Like Tommy Hanson did to Glavine. Infact Proctor has had basically 2 years to figure it out, but all that he has done is been injured or ineffective and earned a DFA once already.

A brain cell

August 9th, 2011
12:23 am

Greg Dobbs is 0-6 w/ 6Ks against Beachy. That should be fun to watch

@Joesph, Skip died =[ Chip is still a blithering idiot. I’m surprised he hasn’t started to announce 1 game hitting streaks… on second thought, I think he actually did mention Freeman as having a 1 game streak today *sigh*

*insert generic Proctor sucks comment*

dfaproctor

August 9th, 2011
12:24 am

joseph, i understand what you are saying, and hopefully when moylan and/or linebrink comes back, which should be soon, linebrink originally said that he just needed the 15 days and he will be back, even though i have not heard an update yet, proctor will be dfa’d. The braves have always prided themselves on relying on their minor league system depth for support when they need it at the major league level. If you look back to the Braves last division title, the year where they were nicknamed the Baby Braves, they used 19 rookies en route to winning the division. I just dont want to see Fredi put in proctor during a high pressured situation, and regret it. Every player can hit a straight fastball, no matter how fast its thrown, and that is all that proctor has. The Braves have given him every shot imaginable, and he has not produced nearly enough for it to be worth it on the Braves end.

Joseph

August 9th, 2011
12:28 am

Brain I said Chip. Chip died not Skip. Skip is Chip’s son. Although I agree he is horrible as an announcer, his 1 game hitting streak comment actually had a reference point which is rare. It was about Dimaggio’s streak ending then the next game he started another long hitting streak. I was shocked he actually made a relevent point myself.

Rowsdower

August 9th, 2011
12:30 am

Guys, I would like all of you that have bitched about Alex’s hitting to take note of the quotes from his teammates. He is here for his Gold Glove defense, not his bat. Anything he does with the bat is a bonus. Enjoy it while he’s going well, but remember what the quotes said tonight when he isn’t going well with the bat.

Let’s keep the Ws coming. Go Astros & Pirates!

Joseph

August 9th, 2011
12:30 am

I mean I said SKip. Dang those names get confusing. lol. I blame Harry. As a brilliant orator and broadcaster you would think he could come up with better names for his kids. Oh well. Chip is a legend and dear to all Brave’s fans hearts. Skip is usually mute worthy.

J-Man

August 9th, 2011
12:33 am

Harry begot Skip, Skip begot Chip, and Chip begot 100lbs of pure diarrhea from his mouth during each broadcast lol

Rowsdower

August 9th, 2011
12:33 am

You’ve got that backwards, Joseph. Skip is Harry’s son and he passed away. Chip is Skip’s son, Harry’s grandson, and he is the blithering idiot that we are forced to listen to everynight.

Joseph

August 9th, 2011
12:33 am

Hey NickB, sorry about last night. What are you up to this weekend? What do you say about drinks and a movie? I’m tired of being the know everything about nothing guy on this blog!!!! XOXOXOXO

J-Man

August 9th, 2011
12:34 am

well I actually like chip but it was a funny line so i had to bury him lol

Joseph

August 9th, 2011
12:35 am

Rowsdower…what is his hitting streak up to now? 7 or 8 games? While batting near .300 his past 10 games. Before the streak started? Oh he has also hit a HR in 2 straight games. But let’s not focus on anything positive here. You know the rules. LOL. Guys honestly speaking, if you would just look at life in a positive point of view and try to focus on positive things, then life is more beautiful and peaceful. I speak from a former negative drunken idiot. I am embarrassed I used to be one, but I can honestly look back and see that because I was such a negative person that, that made me the positive uplifting person of today with a drive and motivation to only improve. Try it my fellow Braves fans. The sky is much bluer when you smile and think about the positive.

Joseph

August 9th, 2011
12:36 am

J-Man it is Skip today. Chip sadly passed on. I know I get confused myself all the time with them. I had to look it up on wikepedia to make sure tonight.

Joseph

August 9th, 2011
12:37 am

Dang it you are right. Can we change their names please? lol

Joseph

August 9th, 2011
12:38 am

Chip is the one today. Can he change his name to Steve or BOB or something? lol

Joseph

August 9th, 2011
12:41 am

I was wrong I thank you guys for correcting me. SO that the mistake is not made again. He shall, by me, be known as the person that Joe Simpson is carrying in the broadcast booth.

Him Tudson

August 9th, 2011
12:43 am

Is there anyone in Braves Country who seriously thinks Marek or Redmond or [Your Name Here] wouldn’t be a safer bet coming out of that bullpen than Scott Proctor??

J-Man

August 9th, 2011
12:45 am

We need Kenny F’N Powers!!!!!!

Joseph

August 9th, 2011
12:48 am

J-Man what about Sutton and his wine coolers? Actually I would love to have a broadcast team of Simpson, Glavine, and Smoltz. Even Smotlz’s daily horrible jokes were better than the “man that Joe Simpson is carrying in the broadcast booth” today.

A brain cell

August 9th, 2011
12:50 am

Him Tudson,

Marek just had Tommy John surgery and he can STILL pitch better than Proctor

J-Man

August 9th, 2011
12:51 am

I miss Ernie Johnson and PVW…….BOTH SHOULD BE IN THE HALL OF FAME BTW!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I mean we need to start up a petition to get them and the TBS crew there.

Joseph

August 9th, 2011
12:53 am

PVW for sure. So underrated. Great banter between him and Chip. Even in big losses still enjoyed listening to them and what they had to say.

Rowsdower

August 9th, 2011
12:53 am

I think we need to remember we have the 4th best record in baseball and a 4.5 game lead in the Wild Card. We survived a Lowe start AND a Proctor attempt at a meltdown. The D-Bags and Little Giants lost. Life is good for another 4 days…

Rowsdower

August 9th, 2011
12:56 am

Come on, Joseph. If CHIP is “the guy that Joe Simpson is carrying” then you should refer to SKIP as “Braves Win, Braves Win!”

David O'Brien

August 9th, 2011
12:59 am

Just polished off a Pollo Tropical large TropiChops chicken/white rice/black beans dinner at 12:30 a.m. Yikes. Sooo tasty.

Joseph

August 9th, 2011
1:00 am

Rowsdower, I admit I am horrible with names. Always have been. BUt the “Braves WIn, Braves Win!” just brought that vision back and a tear to my eye. That was a magic moment. Only a little bit to a lesser degree than “Do you believe in miracles????!!!!!!!!” Only because of the national implications. But that moment is 2nd easily to me.

ArkyTech

August 9th, 2011
1:01 am

NickB, welcome to a world controlled by unions. Performance doesn’t matter, once you get the job. MLB umpires are a case study in this.

Joseph

August 9th, 2011
1:02 am

DOB, have you tried it with a couple of javaneiros on it?

Rowsdower

August 9th, 2011
1:03 am

I’m with you. I still get misty eyed everytime they show it. Hard to believe I was a Freshman in college WAY back then…

Late supper is always tasty, Dave…especially in South Beach.

Reid in EAV

August 9th, 2011
1:15 am

The only thing I love about Chip is how well he can imitate his father. I think he should do a whole game that way. :)

Rowsdower

August 9th, 2011
1:27 am

I really love how excited he gets for flyballs to the track. I know the perspective is a bit strange from the pressbox, but he’s been doing it long enough to know when a ball is gone.

Joseph

August 9th, 2011
1:30 am

Rowsdower, what is really sad is that he was actually competent before he was exclusively a Braves broadcaster. WHen he worked for Fox and MLBN he was actually articulate and engaging. Maybe he if feeling the pressure of trying to be his father? But he is terrible right now, but why can’t he go back to the way he used to be?

Rowsdower

August 9th, 2011
1:37 am

I used to think he was gonna follow in his pop’s and granddad’s footsteps. He wants to be a homer because it worked so well for Skip. We loved him for loving the Braves as we loved Harry for loving the Cubbies and Cards. Chip tries too hard and it doesn’t come off as sincere. He should go back to being objective. That’s what worked for him. He obviously knows baseball given his lineage…

Joseph

August 9th, 2011
1:42 am

You hit the nail on the head there sir. I give the man credit, he did start the “track, wall, gone” thing. About 3 years ago when he was a good broadcaster. can’t they talk Glavine into doing broadcasting full time? I love the banter between Joe and Tom. Hitter vs Pitcher.

gotigers72

August 9th, 2011
1:45 am

Only reason Wendelstedt is a ML umpire is because of his last name. He came up through the ranks faster because of his name, he gets preferential treatment because of his name. His old man was a helluva of an umpire, one of the best ever. That’s no reason for Hunter to be in the majors. He sucks.

PURE NEPOTISM!

gotigers72

August 9th, 2011
1:54 am

I miss Heyward playing, but he has just been scuffling all year long.

Don’t you just love this offense with those 2 speedsters causing havoc on the basepaths? Really fun to watch. Braves haven’t had speed like that since Furcal, and now they have 2 of them!

Heyward will eventually be back of course, but I am thinking that Chipper will hang ‘em up after this year. Then Prado can move to 3rd, Constanza in LF, Bourn in CF and Heyward in RF. Let the fun begin. I remember going to games when Furcal played and just being amazed at how fast he was. Just an effin’ blur when running the bases. Much easier to see speed in person than on the television.

Rowsdower

August 9th, 2011
2:19 am

Great article on SI.com about Bourn and Carl Crawford growing up as friends and playing on the same Little League team:

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/joe_lemire/08/08/Crawford.Bourn/index.html?eref=sihp&sct=hp_wr_a4

I knew they both grew up in Houston (I lived in Houston for a while), but I didn’t know they were such good friends.

blackdog

August 9th, 2011
3:51 am

can’t wait for moylan to get back-need some right handed relief heip

NickB

August 9th, 2011
3:52 am

@gotigers

Constanza is not going to keep hitting like this. So putting him in the OF full time would be a horrible mistake. Eventually those weak groundballs will find gloves. As many have said, there’s a reason he’s a career minor leaguer.

Besides, IF Chipper retires and we can somehow move part of Lowe’s contract, assume Linebrink, Sherrill, KK, Mclouth are gone, then assume the arbitration raises. We could have a substantial amount of $$$ to get a monster LF bat as well as shore up the pen and bench. Think if we could add a Carlos Quentin type of bat to the lineup!!

Bourn CF
Prado 3B
McCann C
Uggla 2B
Freeman 1B
Quentin LF
Heyward RF
Gonzo /Pastornicky SS

It’s Lefty righty all the way down and just brutal power and OBP top to bottom. Monstrous run scoring possiblities there

Rowsdower

August 9th, 2011
4:14 am

You’re absolutely right, Nick. Constanza won’t continue to hit .400 for his career. I don’t see him as more than a 4th or 5th OF going forward. Right now, he gives us the best chance to win.

I am looking forward to seeing what the Braves will do in LF in 2013 with an absolute buttload of cash (Chipper isn’t retiring after this season).

The haters don’t realize that the team with the 4th best record in baseball is also the youngest team in baseball. The flexibility that Wren will have in the next 3-4 years is staggering. The Braves are about to become a juggernaut again…

Joseph

August 9th, 2011
4:42 am

This is Joseph …..I’m asking nicely to the other Joseph meet me so we can debate baseball at the varsity. I’m gonna get NickB since u were exchanging arguments. If u can come we’ll see what’s what…….SON. NickB made jojo pissed in his baseball knowledge or lack there of . I’m ten minutes out maybe sooner but my driver is moving slowly. When u get there we’ll be in a black Lincoln! Im buying rounds for everybody. Joseph must be a coward if he won’t show-up.

TONE-TONE

August 9th, 2011
4:45 am

JOSEPH……..Please proffessor, not tonight! You are simply pothetic!
You remind me of PROCTOR! You just can’t wait to get on this BLOG!
I bet this is your pleasure time. You need to be banned from all blogs!
I hate your comments. You always try to pretend you are so politically
correct! LEARN HOW TO WRITE PROPER ENGLISH FOR A CHANGE!

Joseph

August 9th, 2011
4:59 am

I’m joseph and I know more than you low lifes……screw NickB. Kids a loser! You people just don’t like what I do how smart I am. I need a man in my life somone to hold on long rainy nights. I’m hoping here somone on the blog will like me!!!!! Kisses xxxxxooooo

Joseph

August 9th, 2011
5:04 am

Tone tone…..r u married? I’m looking for a male Braves fan to share my nights with cuddling watching October ball

bravesgrl4lifeeee

August 9th, 2011
5:20 am

A friend of mine posted on my FB wall a LOL about how we were then 8.5 games back when the Braves don’t normally fall out of contention until September. I told him that that means the boys are about to go on a tear and reverse those fortunes. I believe!

Brian

August 9th, 2011
5:22 am

Joseph is a fool. No 2 ways around it. It looks from what I can tell. He’s looking for a man so he’s now a fruitypie. GO BRAVES!!!!!

NickB

August 9th, 2011
5:29 am

Man what in the wide wide world of sports is a goin on here?

NickB

August 9th, 2011
5:33 am

Hmmm, aside from braggin rights the only difference the division would make is the first round (and I guess home field advantage) But depending on how the records end up, the wild card will probably get the Giants , I think the Giants could end up worse than the central winner… It may end up very close, I guarantee the Phillies don’t wanna mess around with the Giants in a short series. Lincecum,Cain and Sanchez/Vogelsong, could pose them quite the threat.

I think the Braves are probably better off facing the Giants honestly. We hit so much better than they do. The Phillies hit better than the Giants too, but their old team of sluggers can be shut down much easier in the tenseness of the playoffs than a team that sprays the ball around.

Brian

August 9th, 2011
5:34 am

This just in Joseph…..ina is actually a 12 yr old girl from stockbridge. She wouldn’t know a baseball if it hit her right in her pimply face. She’s on her parents computer! Haha

Brian

August 9th, 2011
5:36 am

Nickb owns joseph this day & everyday!

BRAVESFAN

August 9th, 2011
5:38 am

I spent the whole night trying to figure out if the crickets were at the game or in my backyard.

Let’s give them another Hand and I hope Dexter is a Braves fan and got Proctor in the parking lot.

Go Braves!

Dave

August 9th, 2011
5:40 am

I miss the days of Ernie Johnson, Pete Van Wieren, Skip Carey and Don Sutton. Each game a two broadcaster crew would go from radio to TV and the other crew, vice versa. So whether you caught the game on TV or radio, you would get to hear all 4 announcers every game. Ernie had the folksie voice and great stories. “The Professor,” Van Wieren, knew everything about baseball. Skip was the ultimate fan and Sutton had the pitcher’s POV covered. Good times.

NickB

August 9th, 2011
5:43 am

@ Dave

I miss Skip,Pete and Ernie too….. I wish Jim Powell and Sutton would swap out with Joe and Chip after the 4th like the old days… Just to change it up

Skip Caray for the baseball HOF!!

Joseph

August 9th, 2011
5:46 am

Whatever losers!!!! I know I’m smarter than all of u. A whole bunch of inbred idiots. Good luck sir. You’ll need it!

Joseph

August 9th, 2011
5:53 am

Joseph rules this blog. I love Obama …..he so changed my life through inspiration. Now I’m so enlightened that I’m beyond u normal folks.

Brian

August 9th, 2011
5:58 am

What an idiot……Obama enlightened u …u are a whack a whack man

Joseph

August 9th, 2011
6:05 am

Screw all u sirs! I’m going to my huge house to have a party with successful people. Get a life losers

Joseph

August 9th, 2011
6:36 am

Little child, I am sorry to disappoint you, but while you obviously have the immature lack of common sense thing nailed, you do lack honesty and respect. Have fun staying at your little dorm room (just guessing that you were lucky enough to even get into college) while us adults go out and make something of ourselves everyday at a job and career. Have fun little one. Maybe one day you learn how to join us adults in become a productive member of society.

wjones

August 9th, 2011
6:41 am

Hack alert! Wait until the real Joseph wakes up to see what he has posted.

bravesgrl4lifeeee

August 9th, 2011
6:49 am

Joseph you are an idiot

Let's Go

August 9th, 2011
7:01 am

I’m out of market so I have the MLB package to catch the games and let me tell you Chip is bad but there are a lot worst then him out there. The Play by Play guy for the Marlins is the worst and the guy that does the Rockies games is pretty bad and when you are stuck watching the Phillies feed it’s painful even though the 3 innings of Gary Matthews doing color is a pleasure the rest of the time is bad.

Since it seems that FOX has all the games now I guess there is no way to get EJ Jr and John Smoltz back since they work for TBS.

IHEARTCARROLL

August 9th, 2011
7:04 am

Maybe it would work better if Proctor called behind the plate and Wendelstat pitched in relief.

wjones

August 9th, 2011
7:14 am

Let’s Go, I really have no idea how any of the sportscaster stuff works anymore. As you say, Smoltz works for TBS, but he also does games for MLB. Maybe MLB gets a pass, because I’ve seen Bob Costas do stuff for them, even did a game recently with Al Michaels at MLB, which was cool. And I saw Gant recently doing a studio gig at MLB. Maybe someone wiser than me can enlighten.

NickGranite

August 9th, 2011
7:23 am

I’ve been on the dump on Proctor train a time or two myself but you get to the point where it’s not his fault anymore. We’ve been past that point for awhile. He simply does not have it anymore but management keeps sending him out. I wish the guy well but it’s time to move on Fredi.

ATLfan15

August 9th, 2011
7:29 am

@Let’s Go: i watch the TV broadcast on mute, and listen to Jim Powell and Don Sutton on the Braves radio network. they are quite the entertaining pair, wish they could switch over to the TV side.

i’ve heard Gary Matthews too, not that impressed. next to Thom Brennaman of the Reds, he is the biggest ‘homer’ in broadcasting.

Lowe Blowes

August 9th, 2011
7:30 am

Id rather stick a needle in my eye than watch Proctor and Lowe Pitch

ATLfan15

August 9th, 2011
7:31 am

@wjones: i don’t mind Al Michaels, but Costas seems to love the sound of his own voice…annoying.

bill

August 9th, 2011
7:53 am

That umpire is the son of the man who runs the umpiring school all the Umpires go to. If you do not go to that school you will never get even a minor league gig. There are alot of of half ass sons working throughout the sports industry all the way down to high school.

Larry

August 9th, 2011
8:19 am

Wow!

This is becoming the kind of team I have dreamed of for a decade or so: Speed, defense, and contact, situational hitting married to an appropriate blend of power. If our pitching now returns to the pre all star game form we are in business and this versatile offense will finally bring hope for October!

Home runs are fun to watch for me too, but no more exciting than Bourne beating out an infield single, stealing 2nd, taking 3rd on a bad through, and coming home on a sacrifice–perfect postseason baseball when facing elite pitching where runs are precious.

Maybe Frank Wren deserves more credit. He tried but failed with McLouth; he tried and is succeeding with Michael Bourne!

I’m so glad we didn’t get Quinton or Pence! Nothing against those guys but this team need a whole new identity on offense and now they have it!

Fun, Fun, FUN!!!

Rafael

August 9th, 2011
8:19 am

When you bring in Scott Proctor, the other team will always “rally late.”

Scott Proctor could NOT make a roster on ANY other MLB team, yet the Braves continue to bring this “batting tee” into the game. How many chances does this BUM get???!!!

I understand Proctor is probably a “bargain” monetarily in today’s MLB market; however, it’s OBVIOUS Scott CANNOT pitch in the majors anymore. Proctor is horrible, our Braves have to someone in the minors that can at least get someone out and not consistently give up runs.

The Braves ate Kenshin “Derek Lowe Lite” Kawakami’s contract; yet they won’t UNCONDITIONALLY RELEASE that BUM Proctor who’s making peanuts.

Proctor must have some “evidence” against Frank Wren and is blackmailing him (or the PHILLIES are paying him off to pitch badly). There is NO other reason why Proctor should still be on this team. The Braves won’t be happy until Proctor costs us a crucial game.

When you fill your car up with gas, you DON’T put a match to the flowing gas!!! Bringing in Proctor is the same principle, hits and runs!!!

Scott Proctor, “MAN UP” and admit you NEED to RETIRE. I have more respect for my dog’s waste than you right now.

BoatDoc

August 9th, 2011
8:26 am

We are privileged to be watching a rare baseball accomplishment.
No hitters? Almost commonplace in comparison since there have been 272 of them. Triple plays? Ho-hum… 40 of them just since 2000.

No – I’m talking an accomplishment almost as rare as the perfect game (there have been 20 of those), or 500 home runs (25 have reached that number.)

Dan Uggla has now hit in 29 consecutive games – which for the moment makes him tied for 55th place (not bad considering the thousands of players who have played over the span of over 130 seasons.)
But if he hits safely tonight he will move up into a tie for 35th place with 30 straight games, and if he got a hit the next day, he’d move up to a tie for 25th place. A week more of hits would put him in 10th place.

I’m enjoying it. I absolutely loved watching him haul his Popeye arms down the first-base line to beat out Bonifacio’s throw on what looked like a fairly routine infield chopper.

I loved watching Chipper and his switch-hitting bat of mature authority get 4 hits in the last 3 days and starting inning (game?) saving double plays after spending a little time healing his aching hematoma-infested quadriceps – anyone with the opinion that “Chipper should just retire already” might be better served from a historical perspective to instead think “I should consider myself blessed that I got to see Hall of Famer Chipper Jones – he was still bustin’ it in 2011”.

I’m loving watching the young bucks – Kimbrel and Venters and Freeman and Jurrjens and Hanson and Heyward and Constanza – throwing themselves with youthful zeal and wild enthusiasm into the game. Brian McCann, the Best Catcher In All Of Baseball (and six time All-Star) is still only 27.

I’m loving the grizzled veterans – Gonzalez and his shortstop wizardry, Ross and his I’ve-Got-Your-Back-Mac leadership, and Hudson and Lowe and the fact that they take the ball every fifth day and give us all the innings they can while doing everything they can to win their games.

I’m ecstatic when I see Constanza and Bourn in the same line-up: lightning-footed zephyrs flying around the basepaths giving pitchers and infielders and catchers fits.
Is anyone else seeing anything close to the same?

If you consider yourself a Braves fan and you’re not enjoying this season: I think you’re missing something.

Larry

August 9th, 2011
8:35 am

BoatDoc,

Touché! The Braves, since the acquisition of Bourne and promotion of Constanza are now fun to watch…let’s just get that starting pitching back in shape and we’re good to go!

I seriously doubt it will happen, bit I’d love to see the Braves go on a long win streak coupled with a Phillies drought so those games in September will have some impact!

RMikel58

August 9th, 2011
8:42 am

Braves now 8.5 games out. If they dont start putting streaks together then their sunk. I predicted Atlanta would end up in 4th place and 10 games out of 1st place.
I said head to head they couldnt beat Philly and would have to find a way around Philly to take over 1st. place.
All of you got excited when Atlanta was 3 games out but i told you that Philly was now getting back most of their injured players and the outcome could be different.
I’;m more of an realists than an optomist and i stand by my guns, Braves are a good team but not like Philly when both are healthy and a Wild Card seems imminent.
Their starting rotation is the best in the majors and assuredly better than ours and its impossible for us to catch them.
You can cry all you want but at the end of the day were still looking up and their looking down at us with no fears.

Matt from MN

August 9th, 2011
8:43 am

I NEVER want to see Scott Proctor pitch for the Braves again. Designate him for assignment already. Heck, there must be SOMEONE in “A” ball that’s better them him. Can’t find one there, then go to your local T-Ball league and get some kid to take over. He’s an absolute joke.

Tron Doin' # 2

August 9th, 2011
8:50 am

Are you serious Fredi ? “Any pitcher in here doesn’t care if Alex hits .100″ ???? No MLB player should get a break on offense just because they play good defense. Why not ? Because you’ve got many shortstops that both field and hit well like Jeter and Rollins. So stop saying its okay for Alex Gonzalez to be an automatic out on offense. There are two sides to the game of baseball. Offense and defense. The good hitters do both. That’s what good teams have too.

southern hope

August 9th, 2011
8:50 am

This quote: “i watch the TV broadcast on mute, and listen to Jim Powell and Don Sutton on the Braves radio network. they are quite the entertaining pair, wish they could switch over to the TV side.” That’s exactly what I do…I love those radio guys. also, about half the time, I skip the TV part altogether…bring my radio out out to the porch, eat peanuts and cheer on the Braves…..my neighbors think I’m nuts but they love it.

Joey

August 9th, 2011
8:56 am

I don’t get the “zephyrs” analagy, but I’m with you BoatDoc! The ONLY thing I don’t enjoy about the Brraves is when the camera cuts to the bullpen, and Scott Proctor is warming up.

It is a blast to watch Constanza – boy talk about paying you dues . . .

Mike

August 9th, 2011
8:59 am

@Tron Doin’ #2

Fredi didn’t say that. D-Lowe did. You need to read a bit more carefully.

Furthermore, though .100 is a stretch, I don’t mind Sea Bass not being a big offensive contributor. He’s a Gold Glove caliber SS.

Not sure when this riding ‘the hot hand’ is going to go but seriously…Heyward needs to play.

PMC

August 9th, 2011
9:00 am

Not only is Scott Proctor dangerous to this team, apparently his winning a game has led to the complete and total demise of the Pittsburgh Pirates too.

Not often two teams would be hurt in the same season by one pitcher.

Trojan

August 9th, 2011
9:05 am

Watching Bourn and George Constanza is so much better than watching plaers with ABSOLUTELY no speed, hustle and little power. The Braves are fun to watch again.

I hope Frank Wren understands that as he puts together future teams.

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